About the 2020 Engagement Australia Excellence Awards

Submit your applications for the 2020 Engagement Australia Excellence Awards for collaboration between higher education and businesses.

Engagement Australia is proud to announce the launch of the inaugural Engagement Australia Awards.

These awards extend the high-quality recognition provided by the former BHERT awards to identify and celebrate the most exciting and impactful engagement activities undertaken by Australian Universities.

Winners of BHERT Awards over the last 22 years have been outstanding nation-building initiatives, demonstrating far-reaching impact and innovation, in all sectors and aspects of the Australian economy and community.

Submission Process

All applications for the 2020 Engagement Australia Awards must be made online via the eAwards portal. To be eligible your submission must include a full Application comprised of the following sections:

  1. Overview - 500 words
  2. Significance -300 words
  3. Outcomes and impact - 600 words
  4. Detail of partnerships, level of engagement and sustainability - 600 words
  5. Supporting evidence - links to websites etc - 1 page maximum
  6. Letter of recommendation from Institution - 1 page maximum
  7. Letter of recommendation from partner (industry, community, government etc) - 1 page maximum

By submitting your Application, you are giving Engagement Australia permission to use media files and text provided in this Application for Engagement Australia Awards winner and promotional purposes. If your initiative contains classified or yet to be released content, please tick the box below and provide information about the embargo. We will respect all confidentiality requirements

Awards Categories


 Award for Excellence in Community Engagement

Recognising outstanding collaborations between communities, higher education and industry for societal benefit. Emphasis placed on partnerships that engage rural, regional, urban, disadvantaged or marginalised groups within Australia.

 Award for Excellence in Community Engagement: Closing the Gap

Recognising outstanding collaborations between communities, higher education and industry that directly reduce disadvantage among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

 Award for Excellence in Industry Engagement

Recognising outstanding contributions to enhancing the quality of learning and teaching in higher education by members of tertiary education institutions, community and industry partners.

 Award for Outstanding Engagement for Research Impact

Recognising excellence in research and development activity, that makes a substantial difference to the community, or Australian prosperity, undertaken jointly by researchers in tertiary education institutes and partners in the community, business and industry.

 Award for Excellence in Student Engagement

Recognising outstanding contributions that improve student engagement on campus, with industry and/or in community.

 Award for Excellence in Alumni Engagement

Recognising outstanding contributions to enhancing the quality alumni engagement and support in higher education.

 Award for Outstanding Leadership in Engagement

Recognising an individual who has made notable contributions to engagement above and beyond that expected for their role, resulting in sustained and impactful partnerships.